All of us have seen white storks flying over rooftops, a white cloth hanging from their beaks with a baby inside and happy couples at doors waiting for the storks to land. This myth was once a common story to tell children who were eager to find out how they were born.
According to the Greek myth, Hera was jealous of a beautiful queen Gerana and turned her into a stork. Gerana who was heartbroken then decided to steal Hera’s son from her and the Greeks depicted the transformed bird with a baby dangling from its beak.
As for the Egyptian myth, the sole of a person ,,ba’’ was usually associated with a stork. The return of a stork meant a return of a soul, so a baby represented an animated soul from the sky.
Moreover, the myth could be connected to the behavior of storks. First, they symbolize monogamous marriages since storks choose their partners that they live with in a shared nest for the whole life, so they represent honest and loyal families. Second, storks migrate for 9 months and it takes 9 months for them to lay eggs and produce which is as same as the time period of pregnancy.
Now you know why thousands of parents tell their children that storks have delivered them on a sunny day.